Tag: Russian collusion

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: “Not Law but Fraud”

 

In Mark Helprin’s 2012 novel In Sunlight and in Shadow*, we meet a returning WWII veteran, Harry Copeland, who inherits the family business from his deceased father. When the business is threatened by a mafia boss, resulting in the death of one employee, and Harry himself nearly beaten to death, Harry learns that he will find no help from law enforcement or any other authority because all of them are being paid off. Harry must decide whether he will take matters into his own hands — eliminating the mafia boss himself.

“My enemy is not the law,” he found himself saying under his breath as he walked — talking to himself was not a good sign — “but the enemy of the law, against which the law is too weak to defend itself. If the law is complicit in crime, is it the law? If, when not complicit, it not only fails to protect but proscribes self-protection, then it is not law but fraud. Anarchy arises not from those who defend themselves by natural right, but from officials who fail in their calling, look the other way, succumb to threats and blackmail, or who are themselves criminal. If without defending me the law says I can’t defend myself, it is no longer the law, and I have to defy it.”

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When I hear the word elimination, I think of Russians. One Russian in particular Alexander Mikhaylovich Zaitsev, aka Saytseff. I also think of substitution, addition, elimination, nucleophiles, bases, and leaving groups. Before I was a safety professional, I truly loved Organic Chemistry. (Trigger Warning for former pre-meds) More

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Those dastardly Russians. Sending beautiful young spies to infiltrate our political base to promote the NRA… What a diabolical plot! I see why the left would be outraged. How dare the Russians send agents over to our country to promote gun ownership. Blasphemy. Scandal, DANGER! This hits all the sacred cow buttons for the left. […]

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Richard Epstein analyzes the latest developments in the Russia investigation and delivers a withering judgment as to how the Mueller team has performed thus far.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Alarm Over Russian Interference Is Beyond Silly

 

Of course, the Russians (and Chinese and others) tried to interfere with our elections. They have been doing it since the origination of the KGB in 1954. In his seminal book on the history of Russian intelligence, The Sword and the Shield: The Mitrokhin Archive and The Secret History of the KGB (1999), Christopher Andrew sites dozens of examples of KGB interference including some fun tidbits about KGB covert operations against former President Ronald Reagan, which began five years before he became president.

What has happened to our educated classes in America? As kids, we learned in Mr. Lafontaine’s 6th grade Social Studies class that the Russians were causing street demonstrations, placing false op-eds, and buying off journalists to try to get Richard Nixon elected because Kennedy was touting the Missile Gap, back in 1960.

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The Marxocrat “Russian Collusion” narrative and accompanying witch-hunt are now complete parodies – parodies deserving of a parody. So, I wrote a little song to this here tune, because Adam Schiff does kinda look like Andy Kaufman… More

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There are 100 thoughts already posted on the Nunes memo. This is 101. Why is there so much sturm und drang surrounding the specific details contained in the memo when the basic facts contained in it or not hotly disputed? Most partisans are working backwards from preconceived notions, but even beyond that, the whole milieu […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The European Cut – A Real Conspiracy

 

I have uncovered evidence of a vast left-wing conspiracy designed to emasculate conservative men: The European Cut Men’s Suit.

I know everyone’s talking about the Paul Manafort indictment filed Monday morning. WaPo and NYT and every other mainstream media outlet hyperventilated about it in pieces prepared over the weekend after Robert “Ferris” Mueller or his minions leaked on Friday to CNN. I read the breathless MSM pieces, then I read the actual 31-page indictment.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Swamps Are Sticky Things

 

The dictum most often attributed to Lord Acton that “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” may need some updating. Possibly “Proximity to absolute power corrupts everyone eventually” or more succinctly, “When you’re draining the swamp, you might get stuck” because in the slimy, fetid swamp of the nation’s capital which also oozes and extends as far north as New York City and other environs across the land, it’s difficult to traipse through it, even as one who wishes to drain it, without its muck and stench eventually clinging to one’s boots. Ask Don Jr.

Of course, we are often told of honorable human beings by other creatures of the swamp, who have mastered the miraculous ability to rise above and traverse it without the aforementioned muck and stench clinging to them. James Comey was presented as such a heroic demigod. Hector reborn. Or was he supposed to be more like Achilles, the ultimate warrior? Ask Martha Stewart. At any rate, a man of impeccable integrity who could not be influenced, dissuaded from carrying out his sworn duty to uphold the law. I, like many other naïve Americans, perhaps so desperate for a man of honor to finally emerge and drag Hillary Clinton, the elusive swamp thing, kicking, screaming, wriggling, twisting and contorting up to the glaring light of truth and hold her to account for her serial criminality, were shocked and dismayed to find that the tall, untouchable and heroic Comey was really made of weaker stuff. We had been promised Achilles but got Barney Fife instead, a man seemingly too intimidated by the swamp creatures of power who presented even longer and more menacing shadows than himself.

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